Who We Are

Inclusive Performance Strategies

Since 2006, Inclusive Performance Strategies has provided consulting and training specifically tailored for each organization that is focused on enhancing their performance through inclusion, diversity, equity, and cultural competence. Our approach involves organizational assessments, collective impact, community engagement, leadership development, and strategic planning. We specialize in the development and implementation of comprehensive frameworks strategically designed for progressive organizational transformation.

Through our strategic approach and an insistence on measurable results, we’ve seen corporations, non-profits, and community groups transformed, all through the power of inclusive performance strategies.

Core Team

Paul T. Doyle

Founder & CEO

Danielle Veldman

Senior Consultant

DeDe Esque

Senior Consultant

Christina Guajardo Arnold

Senior Consultant

Dr. Christina Edmondson

Associate Consultant
Paul T. Doyle

Paul T. Doyle, Founder & CEO, applies over 30 years of management experience to help organizations enhance their performance through inclusive work and service environments. By understanding how to embrace the cultures, values and behaviors of a diverse workforce, Paul helps organizations maintain the competitive edge needed for success in today’s rapidly changing global economic market. A key to his success is creating platforms of trust through intentional relationship building-allowing diversity of thought to be achieved and valued. Thus, fostering inclusive growth and innovation.

Paul holds a degree from the College of Education & Human Services at Ferris State University, from which he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He has completed the Executive Leadership Institute at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) through the National Diversity Council and also a certified administrator of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI). Paul is a recipient of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Leadership & Philanthropy Award, Grand Rapids “GIANTS” Leadership Award for Community Health, and the Legacy Award for Legislative Leadership. He teaches as Adjunct Faculty at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Paul also serves on several boards and committees to improve the quality of life for all individuals within his community through inclusion. Learn more about Paul’s passion for this industry here.

Danielle Veldman, Senior Consultant

Danielle Veldman joined Inclusive Performance Strategies in 2013 to further leverage her career in support of developing thriving communities rooted in equity. Her work focuses on eliminating the disparities that stifle community growth through cultivating strategic cross-sector partnerships that balance research-driven strategies with empathy and authentic relationships. Through her work with IPS, Danielle uses her skills in strategy development, facilitation, coaching, analysis, and project management to drive impact-focused DEI work.  Prior to joining IPS, Danielle worked in fund development and program management in the nonprofit sector with focuses in basic needs, food security, and immigration. Her experience in the nonprofit sector has fueled her commitment to bringing empowering community engagement into all of her work in order to continue amplifying the voices of community members impacted by inequitable systems.

Danielle has her Masters in Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. She received her B.A. in International Development and Sociology from Calvin University. Danielle holds both a Masters in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and currently serves on the board of Feeding America West Michigan and the Multicultural Accessibility Committee of New City Fellowship OPC.

DeDe Esque, Senior Consultant

DeDe Esque brings over thirty years of experience as a smart business leader and compassionate community steward. She has experience doing her best work in program development for individual and organizational leadership, process and workshop facilitation, as well as, consulting on organizational culture and change management. Having worked in the nonprofit, financial, retail, and philanthropic sectors serving in various leadership roles from Line Meat Carver to President/CEO, DeDe works with and honors leaders with humor, grace, and truth-telling. Her work has been successful in increasing the capacity of organizations and their leaders in the nonprofit, education and corporate sectors where she draws from her skills toolkit of coaching, facilitation, project management, and training. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She is a certified leadership coach through the Hudson Institute of Coaching and a certified Qualified Administrator for the IDI assessment tool.

Christina Guajardo Arnold, Senior Consultant

Chris is a seasoned professional with over thirty years’ experience in higher education and equity and inclusion. Chris is the Founding Director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College. Chris prides herself on her vast community network and ability to navigate throughout our diverse community. Chris has extensive experience in equity and inclusion facilitation, and community engagement. Upon retiring from GRCC Chris founded her own consulting LLC, and worked with many organizations, consulting in the areas of Equity and Inclusion, Community Engagement and Project Management. Chris also served as Interim Executive Director at LEDA the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance.

In July 2019 Chris began working at Steelcase in the Social Innovation Programs and Partnerships, which allows her to continue to have a broader impact on our local and global community.

As the granddaughter of migrant workers, her family was one of the first Mexican families to settle in West Michigan. Chris has always prided herself on her family history and heritage and honors it by the way she has chosen to live her life of leadership and service to the entire community. While she has personally experienced bigotry and economic inequities as personal and social challenges, especially growing up in a single parent household with six siblings, she uses this personal experience to better understand others and assist them in building strength through overcoming adversity through education and community building. Chris is a graduate of Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan University.

Dr. Christina Edmondson, Senior Consultant

Dr. Christina Edmondson is authentic, accessible, truthful, and is motivated by her faith. Blessed by an array of academic, professional, and lived experiences, Christina is committed to bringing diverse people together to promote personal and team flourishing. Christina holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University, an MS degree from the University of Rochester in Family Therapy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hampton University. Currently, Christina is a Certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator, public speaker, and mental health therapist and is often contacted by churches to consult about both diversity and mental health issues. Her writing has been seen and referenced in a variety of outlets including Essence.com, YourBlackWorld.com, and Gospel Today magazine. Christina is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is married to Pastor Mika Edmondson and is the mother of two wonderful little girls, Zoe and Shiloh.